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  • Instagram & Facebook Gift Guide Sweepstakes 2016 Day 4

    Today is Day 4 of our Facebook and Instagram Sweepstakes!!

    Are you looking for the perfect gift, but sometimes want it for yourself too? Well, we have a solution. We have partnered with some amazing bloggers and designers to come up with the perfect holiday gift guides.

    Our friend, talented designer and blogger, Kevin O'Gara has selected today's holiday gift guide.

    Instagram & Facebook Gift Guide Sweepstakes 2016

    Here are links to the products he selected:

    1. Large Gray Birdie Carafe

    2. Tic Tac Toe Black and White Game Set

    3. Ivan Edison Bulb Accent Lamp

    4. Clare Polished Nickel Decorative Mirrored Tray

    5. Chocolate Herringbone Design Throw Blanket

    Head over to the Lamps Plus Facebook page to learn more about this fun sweepstakes! Join Kevin as he shares his home, garden, and entertaining projects and inspiration on his website, Thou Swell.

    Psst....Double your chances and enter on Instagram too!

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  • Instagram & Facebook Gift Guide Sweepstakes 2016 Day 5

    Today is our 5th and final day of our Facebook and Instagram Sweepstakes!!

    Are you looking for the perfect gift, but sometimes want it for yourself too? Well, we have a solution.  

    We have partnered with some amazing bloggers and designers to come up with the perfect holiday gift guides.

    Our friend, and talented designer and blogger, Courtney Allison has selected today's holiday gift guide.

    Instagram & Facebook Gift Guide Sweepstakes 2016

    Here are links to the products she selected:

    1. Juliette Light Bronze Buffet Table Lamp Set of 2

    2. BonJour Coffee Stainless Steel 8-Cup Chevron French Press

    3. White Peonies and Roses Flowers in a Ceramic Pot

    4. Mariah Silver Oval Decorative Bowl

    5. Bisenti Large Glass Tray On Metal Stand

    Head over to the Lamps Plus Facebook page to learn more about this fun sweepstakes!

    Join Courtney as she shares her unique style - a little bit shabby and french country with a touch of cottage mixed in, on her website, French Country Cottage.

    Psst....Double your chances and enter on Instagram too!  

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  • Designer Lighting In Sunset Magazine 2016 Idea House

    Sunset Magazine 2016 Idea House

    Sunset Magazine has built Idea Houses throughout the West showcasing the latest innovations in architecture and interior design.

    This year the Sunset Magazine's 2016 Idea House is nestled in the Claremont Hills between Oakland and Berkeley California.

    An award winning design team made this ultra-modern home incorporating designer lighting you won't want to miss.

    Or if you do miss the open house it will be featured in the November 2016 issue and of course we are happy to share some of the images from the home in this blog post.

    Sunset Magazine 2016 Idea House

    The 4,000 square-foot four-bedroom, four-bathroom home exemplifies the sophisticated and relaxed lifestyle of the Bay Area’s East Bay, one of the most sought-after places to live in the country.

    The heart of most home is usually the kitchen or dining room and this home is no exception. We love how six of our Franklin Iron Works Cove Point Mini Pendants were placed in a row emphasizing the width of the space while providing an illuminating focal point.

    We at Lamps Plus are proud to be the official designer lighting sponsor of the Idea House and for the second year in a row, our team worked closely with Geremia Design, to ensure the best quality lighting was showcased throughout the home.
    Sunset Magazine 2016 Idea House
    Bring rich, industrial style home with the Nate Downbridge Floor Lamp. The design is a handsome take on more traditional pharmacy style floor lamps, and comes in a rich bronze finish with antique brass accents. The shade tilts, allowing you a greater range of light throw, making it ideal for placement next to a seating area.

    If you're looking for a simple decorative touch that both brightens your room and thematically unifies your look, consider a floor lamp.

    Sunset Magazine 2016 Idea House

    The stately Bentley Brown Leaf Hammered Pot Table Lamp  boasts a hammered base in a shimmering brown leaf finish ties in perfectly to the sophisticated rustic room design. Elegantly topped with a beige tan shade, this table lamp design is a great way to add light and style to a room while bringing a interesting texture.

    With so many table lamps available, consider these three things to help you to find a table lamp that best fits your needs: Function, Size and Style.

    Sunset Magazine 2016 Idea House

    The beautiful Possini Euro Ribbey Ceiling Light has a timeless look that will complement any room decor. Its minimalist metal frame has an airy circle within a square motif which surrounds a white glass drum shade that softens the look and the glow of the three lights within. At home in a living room as it will be in an entry or powder room.

    For a new look, shop our entire selection of close to ceiling lights  to find contemporary designs with glass and chrome finishes and more. Perfect for the modern living room, these designs flaunt fresh forms and clean finishes. Never before have so many decorative styles and color choices been available for ceiling mounted fixtures and we excited to share them with you.

    We hope you enjoyed our little tour through the Sunset Magazine's 2016 Idea House. Leave us a comment letting us know which designer light you like best.

    For more details please visit the Sunset Idea House.

    Copyright 2016 Sunset Publishing Corporation, photo by Thomas J. Story. SUNSET Is a registered trademark of Sunset Publishing Corporation and is used with permission.

  • Instagram & Facebook Gift Guide Sweepstakes 2016 Day 3

    Today is Day 3 of our Facebook and Instagram Sweepstakes!!

    Are you looking for the perfect gift, but sometimes want it for yourself too? Well, we have a solution.  

    We have partnered with some amazing bloggers and designers to come up with the perfect holiday gift guides.

    Our friend, and amazing designer and blogger, Kirsten Grove has selected today's holiday gift guide.

     Instagram & Facebook Gift Guide Sweepstakes 2016

    Here are links to the products she selected:

    1. Lite Source Kade Black Gooseneck Desk Lamp

    2. Glasses Silhouette Wall Art

    3. Pierre Small Clear Glass Faceted Terrarium

    4. Jaipur Parade Pale Blue Cotton Throw Blanket

    5. Ivory Mongolian Fur Decorative Pillow

    Head over to the Lamps Plus Facebook page to learn more about this fun sweepstakes!

    Join Kristen as she shares eye catching design and decor from all over the world on her website, Simply Grove.

    Psst....Double your chances and enter on Instagram too!  

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  • Instagram & Facebook Gift Guide Sweepstakes 2016 Day 2

    Today is Day 2 of our Facebook and Instagram Sweepstakes!!

    Are you looking for the perfect gift, but sometimes want it for yourself too? Well, we have a solution.  

    We have partnered with some amazing bloggers and designers to come up with the perfect holiday gift guides.

    Our friend, and amazing blogger, Angela Ricardo has selected today's holiday gift guide.

     Instagram & Facebook Gift Guide Sweepstakes 2016

    Here are links to the products she selected:

    1. Caryn Gold Pillar Candle Holders Set of 2

    2. Adriene Acrylic Metal Accent Table Lamp

    3. Fluer de Lis Two Tier Gold Cake Stand

    4. Deer Antler Polished Nickel Pillar Candle Holder Set of 2

    5. Linn Gray Faux Fur Throw Blanket

     

    Head over to the Lamps Plus Facebook page to learn more about this fun sweepstakes! Join Angela as she shares her fashion, beauty, lifestyle and tech insights on her website, Angela Ricardo.

    Psst....Double your chances and enter on Instagram too!  

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  • Bathroom Style Ideas

    We can't help but emphasize how important it is to dress up your bathroom style. Adding a little bling with lighting and accessories will quickly and easily upgrade your bathroom decor.

    Glam bathroom with mirrored sink vanity and mini crystal chandeliers

    Bathroom furnishings are important to a bathroom's design, but well-placed home decor will bring an added layer of style to the space. Don't forget guest bathrooms or powder rooms when updating your bathroom - add some flair to these spaces to make your guests feel important.

    Glam bathroom accessories from Lamps Plus

    1. This Mercury Glass Canister 4-Piece Set is perfect for hiding those necessary bathroom products.

    2. The only thing better than pretty flowers, are flowers you don't have to worry about, like this faux floral arrangement.

    3. You can keep your favorite pieces of jewelry in a beautiful jewelry box.

    4. We think your best perfume will smell even better if you apply it from a glass perfume bottle.

    5. Now, we know applying make up isn't always a lady's favorite thing to do, which is why providing ottoman seating will make the task a little more pleasurable.

    Accessories and furniture are just two ways to update your bathroom style. New bathroom lighting is another great way to update a space. You can even go one step further and change your bathroom sink vanity.

    Image: Lamps Plus

  • Designer Details: Tufting and Nail Heads

    Nothing says designer details like furniture with a tufted back and nail head trim. These details are what professional interior designer have been using for years and now you can have the same details in your home at affordable prices.

    traditional tufted sofa in green velvet in living room with silver and white accents 

    Designer Detail: TUFTING 

    The classic tufted detail accentuates the texture and lushness of upholstery fabrics and sophisticated tufted furniture is always on-trend. 

    Upholsterers achieve this look by threading through layers of fabric or leather, often in a pattern, and securing the ends of the thread with a knot or button.

    The dense clusters that this technique creates are known as “tufts."

    Classic tufting on emerald green sofa

    Designer Detail: NAIL HEADS

    The decorative use of nail heads on furniture is believed to have begun in 17th century France with the ornately carved wooden seating of the Louis XIII period.

    During this time when the most luxurious furnishings were coveted, craftsmen would use decorative nails to secure fine upholstery such as velvet, brocade, tapestries or leather.

    Today, both traditional and contemporary furniture feature nail head trim, such as sofas, chairs, headboards, ottomans and even accent tables.

    Now you know how to add that designer polish to your own interiors, which detail is your favorite? Tufting? Nail head trim? Both?

    Images: Lamps Plus

  • Hotel Style For Your Bedroom Design

    When you travel, do you wish you could live in your hotel room? You can! It's really simple to apply hotel style to your own bedroom design.

    Stylish hotel-style bedroom with tufted headboard and modern table lamps.

    Pay attention to the color tones, fabrics and accessories when you're at a fabulous hotel. Take pictures, write stuff down, whatever you need to do to remember what you felt while you stayed there. When you get home you can find one or all of the elements you loved.

    Linen Gray Diamond Tufted Wingback Full Bed

    Pay attention to form, color and feel to achieve the right look for your bedroom design.

    Of course the bed will impact your space the most, as it's the largest piece in the bedroom. A beautiful tufted headboard will definitely give your bedroom that stylish hotel room vibe.

    Nightstand in a parchment finish with gold ring hardware.

     

    If you're happy with your bed, or don't want  to make a large investment, try just switching out your nightstands.

    Get hotel style at home with these accessories from Lamps Plus.

    The simplest and most economical way to add a little hotel style to your bedroom is to include similar decor items, like fashionable table lamps, and eye-catching vases .

    If what you loved most about your hotel room was the bedding, then just invest in some fabulous bedding of your own and you're golden!

     

    Images: Lamps Plus

  • Tips to Get Your Guest Room Ready for the Holidays

    It is almost that magic filled time of year when twinkling trees and all things merry start appearing all around. And it is also the time of year when guests come for a visit. 

    Wreath on door and Christmas tree in bedroom

    So while decking the halls and sprinkling Christmas here and there- don't forget about adding some holiday cheer and getting your guest bedroom ready family and friends.  

    Today, I am sharing tips for creating a charming and cozy guest room. From bedding, holiday scents to the perfect lighting.  

    1. Fresh Bedding

    The first thing you think of when it comes to guest bedrooms is bedding. And a perfect way to get your room ready is with fresh linens. I am a huge fan of crisp white duvets and charming decorative pillows for the holidays- and don't forget to add an extra blanket and throws in case guests get chilly.

    Ornaments and greenery on bench at foot of guest bed

    2. A holiday scent

    Filling the room with a holiday scented candle is an easy way to cozy it up and make it feel much more inviting. Pick up a favorite pine or berry scented candle and light it for a little bit just before guests arrive to fill the room with Christmas cheer and don't forget to make the candle holders as special as the smell. 

    You can also use a holiday scented linen spray to mist the linens or curtains to help add a sprinkling of Christmas scent to the room.

    Ribbons in a hat box on the bed with flowers and a candle on the nightstand

    It is a simple little tip that definitely helps make a guest room feel cozy and fresh.

    3. Holiday lighting

    Bedroom with books on bed

    Of course lighting is key in any room- but especially a guest bedroom. When staying in a new room it is easy to feel disoriented -especially at night. So make sure to have table lamps in easy reach of guests so that if they get up in the middle of the night the room is safe and well lit.

    Brass table lamp on nightstand

    And another lighting tip- that is simple fun and festive to do. Place a Christmas tree in the room.

     Christmas tree in bedroom

    Whether you have the space for a full size tree in the room or a tabletop tree- those twinkling lights are sure to bring smiles and create a charming holiday magic filled stay for your guests.

    So there you have just a couple tips to help get your guest bedroom ready for guests the holidays. Do you have any other tips or secret formulas for creating cozy Christmas guest bedrooms?  I would love to hear them in the comments below.

    Image from French Country Cottage.

  • Traditional House Facades

    I was just in Sag Harbor, New York and was dazzled by the sheer volume of traditional house facades that capture the essence of early American architecture.

    Timeless Sag Harbor Homes

    Classic American domestic architecture is rooted in a design that heavily favors the Colonial and Federal Styles. Straightforward, sturdy and symmetrical is the basic formula and is in abundance on the East Coast.

    I think I was most taken by the attention to detail with regard to the exterior design elements. Classic outdoor benches flanking the front door of the lower right image was such a “throw back” and so unexpected that I had to pull over and take a snap.

    Another item that is never overlooked? Black outdoor lighting fixtures. Whether there were nautical Style wall lights or colonial style hanging lanterns, each house had some version, but were used sparingly as would have been the case 200 to 300 years ago.

    I loved my trip back in time and hope you are inspired by the time-honored look of these traditional house facades.

    Classic Colonial Style Lighting and Exterior Decor from Lamps Plus

    1. This colonial-style outdoor wall light captures the true nature of East Coast traditional architecture.

    2. The matching Henry Street Outdoor Hanging Light from Troy Lighting  above would be ideal if you have a covered porch, stoop or landing as seen in the Federal Style homes in the first image.

    3. I love this timeless ash gray outdoor wood bench inspired by the English landscaper Lutyens.

    4. Traditional homes generally have a welcoming vibe, so why not put it into writing with this Home Sweet Home Printed Coir Doormat.

    Images: Rob Levine

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